In line with the theme for World Kidney Day, ‘Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere’, the hospital conducted urine analysis test for 8 hours and an awareness lecture on kidney disease for 1 hour. Both the awareness session and urine analysis test witnessed 311 and 623 people respectively, creating two new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles on the same day.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While its severity can vary, CKD is often progressive and needs lifelong medical care. Over 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. CKD causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th most common cause of death. 9 out of 10 patients who have kidney disease don’t even know that they have it. Between 2 to 7 million premature deaths happen for lack of access to dialysis and transplantation. Despite the growing burden of kidney disease, kidney health is often under emphasized and neglected, leading to late detection. This attempt to enter GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS was made as an effort to create awareness among the general public to look at wellness rather than illness as Manipal Hospitals being a responsible healthcare group.
Both initiatives that won the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles were adjudicated and certified by Mr. Rishi Nath, Adjudger, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. The largest gathering was addressed by Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals Bengaluru on the importance of kidney to our health.
Elated by the achievement, Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals Bengaluru said, “It is a matter of great pride for all of us at Manipal Hospitals Bengaluru to be recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for our initiatives. We are delighted to be entitled as the only hospital in India to be conducting the longest kidney disease awareness session as well as the most number of urine analysis tests. Through our initiatives we wanted to reach out to as many people as possible on this World Kidney Day to create awareness on kidney disease and we are glad to have achieved our goal.”
Hence, we need to put our minds and resources in making our country healthier and fitter by moving our focus from curative to preventive care. This can only happen by creating awareness about kidney health with emphasis on screening for kidney disease.